A Better Way of Looking at Trouble

Burning a candle at both endsI’ve been burning the candle at both ends…and let me tell you, all that melted wax is no picnic to clean up. With little time or energy for original thought this morning, I turned to one of my favorite little books, Joy and Strength, by Mary Wilder Tileston.

In the same spirit of my post from Sunday, please read and take to heart this quote by Rev. George Hodges, b. 1856 – 1919, who was dean of the Episcopal Theological School at Cambridge, Massachusetts.


“Every trouble is an opportunity to win the grace of strength.  Whatever else trouble is in the world for, it is here for this good purpose: to develop strength. For a trouble is a moral and spiritual task. It is something which is hard to do. And it is in the spiritual world as in the physical, strength is increased by encounter with the difficult.

Boromir and cave troll

A world without any trouble in it would be… a place of spiritual enervation and moral laziness. Fortunately, every day is crowded with care. Every day to every one of us brings

  • its questions,
  • its worries,
  • and its tasks…
  • brings its sufficiency of trouble.

Thus we get our daily spiritual exercise. Every day we are blessed with new opportunities for the development of strength of soul.”


“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”

Romans 5:3-5 NLT


2 responses to “A Better Way of Looking at Trouble

  1. livinrightinpgh

    I don’t think we can ever be reminded of this concept enough, GBL….As I wrote in my post last November: “But FAITH doesn’t focus on the problem; it focuses on the solution to the problem.” It is through our faith that the grace and glory of the Lord is revealed….

  2. Very well put. I was going to say, it does sound a lot like Paul.

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